SAN ANTONIO — In less than 48 hours, Sebastien de la Cruz has become a household name.
The 11-year-old Mexican-American boy’s singing of the national anthem in his mariachi outfit caused a stir during game 3 of the NBA finals in his San Antonio hometown Tuesday.
On Thursday night, the Spurs decided to bring back “El Charro de oro” for an encore performance.
Even though he was the subject of racist comments on Twitter, the San Antonio native was again wearing a mariachi outfit, according to Carlos Manzanillo, corporate communications manager at San Antonio Spurs. Manzanillo had no comment on why the Spurs decided to bring back Sebastien.
Castro said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich expressed disdain for the “idiots” who posted the bigoted comments and described Sebastien as a “class act” and “way more mature than most his age.”
“To be invited back to sing the national anthem is just amazing because now I know the San Antonio Spurs like how I sing,” Sebastien said. “It makes me feel like I’m doing something legendary.”
Castro posted a response to the controversy on his Facebook page.
“I’m proud of our young San Antonio superstar Sebastien de la Cruz for a spectacular rendition of our national anthem at last night’s Spurs game. Sebastian, don’t let a few negative voices get you down. You are a true talent and you represent the best of our nation’s future!”
Some might wonder if his encore rendition will attract more negative comments on social media.
However, critics might be more cautious after what happened to Andre Lacey, a firefighter whose tweet caught national attention.
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